GREENSBORO, N.C. --- While he continues to pile up the scholarship offers, Brelin Faison-Walden has begun to develop a plan to render his collegiate decision.
“I’m just letting [recruiting] take its course, enjoying it while it’s going on, and then focus and try to make my decision during the summer, hopefully, or either October,” Faison-Walden said. “I haven’t figured out which one, yet. I’m going to sit down this summer when I’m done with exams and everything, and then have my mind straight on [recruiting] and just go from there.”
If Faison-Walden chooses a summer announcement, it will take place shortly before Grimsley High’s 2016 season-opener on Aug. 19. But if the 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety deems that official visits are necessary, expect an October decision.
“I haven’t figured out if I want to take my officials first before I commit or just do it to get it over with,” Faison-Walden said.
Regardless, Faison-Walden's decision will be made in plenty of time for his January enrollment.
With the recent additions of Clemson, Michigan, and Penn State, Faison-Walden’s offer count has reached 21.
“Everything is pretty much even,” Faison-Walden said. “During the summer, I’ll sit down and think about it some more.”
To simplify the decision-making process, Faison-Walden will narrow his focus to five to seven schools over the summer. However, he’ll only share his finalists with family members.
“I’ll just publicly announce my commitment,” Faison-Walden said.
Faison-Walden had just a single offer before January. That suddenness has his recruitment wide open. It also doesn’t help that he has enjoyed each recruiting trip he has taken.
“Alabama, they have world-class facilities,” Faison-Walden said. “Georgia had world-class facilities. I’m sure Penn State, Michigan, Carolina, Clemson – everybody has world-class facilities and their own glimmer around it.
“I think every school has coaches that care about you, who want the best for your future, so that’s kind of hard for me because every coach wants the best for your future. So, I’ve just got to look at the other things around it. So, nothing has really stood out right now.”
Since attending North Carolina’s exclusive junior day in mid-February, Faison-Walden has limited his recruiting trips. He has visited Duke, Georgia, NC State, and Virginia Tech the past three months.
This summer, though, Faison-Walden plans to endure a packed travel schedule. He plans to make his first visits to Florida State, Michigan, and Penn State. He'll also return to each of the in-state schools, plus Clemson. Some of those visits will be for camps.
With UNC in particular, Faison-Walden hopes to attend Fedora’s Freak Show. But, no definite plans have been established.
“If it fits in my schedule, then I’ll do it,” Faison-Walden said. “If I have something to do, I’ll probably still do [the Freak Show] if [the conflicting event] is not more important. If it’s more important, I’ll probably have to put off [my UNC visit] to another camp date.”
Though it may only be by a slight edge, Faison-Walden says he has the best relationship with the Penn State staff. He communicates with them on a daily basis.
“I just talk to them about school and life,” Faison-Walden said. “But, I do the same with Clemson; I do the same with Michigan State. So, I’m pretty close with all of them.”
UNC has discharged a four-coach attack on Faison-Walden: defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, head coach Larry Fedora, area recruiter Chris Kapilovic, and secondary coach Charlton Warren.
“They just talk to me about my fit inside the defense, where they imagine me the next four years, what the education is like there,” Faison-Walden said. “Obviously, it’s a good education, plus everything else school wise.”
The Tar Heels’ envision Faison-Walden filling a safety/nickel role within its defense.